Yoga for a Glowing Skin
Not only does
help in keeping your body
healthy and energetic, but also aids the
health of your
skin thus providing you with a natural
glow and radiance. Our ancestors did not use
any cosmetic products, but still exhibited a
glow and shine which was reflective of inner
Yoga is well known for its
techniques and it really does help to
reduce stress. Stress is a common factor in dull, tired skin, and by reducing
that stress you will no doubt end up with clearer skin. You might ask as to what is in yoga that it can boost up the health of one’s skin along with preventing the
wrinkles and fine lines. Very simple- yoga balances hormones and boosts the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your skin. This in turn keeps the skin resilient and prevents
dryness and excessive sagging. Not to forget- it also tones the muscles of your
chin and neck to prevent the trouble of double chin. Reducing body’s toxicity is also a task which yoga can easily accomplish thereby helping you to remain young and fresh forever.
Shitli Kumbhaka Paranayam
This yogic asana is
extremely useful for skin and has the potential to reduce facial wrinkles and
purify the blood.
To perform this asana, you need to first fold your tongue so that it
protrudes a little from the mouth.
Slowly inhale through the mouth and you should feel coolness inside the
neck when inhaling. Then swallow the breath and hold inside your stomach for a
few seconds before exhaling through the nose.
Kneel on the floor and then sit down on your heels, or sit on the edge of
a chair. Rest your hands on your knees with your fingers spread apart. Imagine
that you are a regal lion, fierce and powerful. Take a deep
breath in through your
nose as you lengthen your spine.
Lean forward slightly as you exhale through your mouth, extending your
tongue out as far as you can, opening your eyes and mouth wide, and roaring "Aaah!"
At the same time, lift your hands off your knees and spread your fingers wide,
pretending they are claws.
When you have exhaled completely, sit back, return your hands to your
knees, and relax. Take two full, deep breaths. And then take another deep breath
in through your nose as you lengthen your spine.
Repeat steps 2 to 3 three more times. When you're done, sit for a moment
and notice how you feel.
Forward Elbow Clasp
Caution: Avoid this pose if you have
detached retina, eye
or ear inflammation, uncontrolled
blood pressure, or a history of
heart disease or stroke, or if you are
Stand with your feet about hip width apart and your arms at your sides.
Keep your feet rooted to the floor as you fold forward from your hips,
keeping your back flat. Continue until your torso is hanging from your hips, and
then grasp each elbow with the opposite hand. If you feel unsteady, stand a few
inches away from a wall and lean your buttocks against the wall. Keep your legs
strong and allow your torso to spill out of your waist like a waterfall,
noticing the weight of your head. Gaze through your legs to the wall behind you.
Hold for 3 to 10 breaths. Imagine that you are bowing to your inner beauty.
To release, lift your abdominal muscles toward your spine and keep your back flat as you raise
your torso to an upright position. Unhook your elbows and pause to notice how
you feel. If you are lightheaded, sit or lie down for a moment.
Yoga is a really strenuous exercise which works every
muscle in the body,
however it is done quite slowly and so you do not really sweat as much as you
would do with other more active exercises. This is great news for people with
acne as it can often provide really good benefits for the condition, and it can
sometimes also even clear it up. As every muscle in your body is worked, it helps to keep them toned and that
in turn keeps the
skin firm. Overall, yoga is excellent for the skin and it can also provide good benefits
for people with blemishes and even
acne. As well as benefits to the skin, yoga
provides benefits for the whole body and it can be practiced by both males and
females. So, if you are looking for an exercise to keep you in shape, decrease
your stress and keep your skin looking healthy and toned no matter what your
age, yoga is definitely for you!
Dated 14 October 2013